By using our website, you accept that we may set cookies on your computer. We will give you the option of exiting our site on your first visit, before any cookies are set. If you decide to continue using our site but change your mind about your cookie preferences, you can click the button in the bottom left hand corner of the site at any time.
This page explains:
- Which cookies are set on your computer.
- What those cookies are used for.
- How you can manage/opt out of those cookies.
- How we use other information that you provide.
What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on a user’s browser. Most cookies contain a unique identifier called a cookie ID: a string of characters that websites and servers associate with the browser on which the cookie is stored. This allows websites and servers to distinguish the browser from other browsers that store different cookies, and to recognise each browser by its unique cookie ID.
Cookies are widely used by websites and servers to provide many of the basic services that we find online. If you shop on a website, a cookie allows the website to remember which items you’ve added to your virtual shopping basket. If you set preferences on a website, a cookie allows the website to remember your preferences the next time that you visit. Or if you sign into a website, the website might use a cookie to recognise your browser later on, so that you don’t have to sign in again. Cookies also allow websites to collect data about user activity, such as how many unique visitors a page receives per month. All these applications depend on the information stored in cookies.
We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website. Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither ourselves nor Google will associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information. These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.
The following cookies are set on your computer by Google Analytics:
|Cookie Name||Default Expiration Time||Description|
|__utmt||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|__utmc||End of browser session||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|__utmv||2 years from set/update||Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
Opting out of Google Analytics cookies
You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by downloading the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
We display adverts on our website through Google’s Adsense program. These set cookies on your computer.
Cookies themselves contain no personally identifiable information. Depending on the publisher’s and the user’s settings, information associated with cookies used in advertising may be added to the user’s Google account.
Opting out of ads personalisation
If a user opts out of ads personalisation using Google’s Ads Settings, they will no longer receive personalised advertising from Google.
When does AdSense send cookies to a browser?
AdSense sends a cookie to the user’s browser after any impression, click or other activity that results in a call to its servers. If the browser accepts the cookie, the cookie is stored on the browser.
Most commonly, AdSense sends a cookie to the browser when a user visits a page that shows Google ads. Pages with Google ads include ad tags that instruct browsers to request ad content from Google’s servers. When the server delivers the ad content, it also sends a cookie. But a page doesn’t have to show Google ads for this to happen; it just needs to include Google’s ad tags, which might load a click tracker or impression pixel instead.
Third-party and first-party cookies
Cookies are categorised as third-party or first-party depending on whether they are associated with the domain of the site a user visits. Note that this doesn’t change the name or content of the actual cookie. The difference between a third-party cookie and a first-party cookie is only a matter of which domain a browser is pointed towards. The exact same kind of cookie might be sent in either scenario.
Google shows personalised ads as well as non-personalised ads to visitors.
Personalised ads reach users based on their interests, demographics and other criteria. Because ad technology providers may collect, receive, and use personal data from users in personalised ads, we are obliged to identify all such ad technology providers.
The ad technology providers that collect, receive and use personal data to display personalised ads on this site are as follows:
Google also shows non-personalised ads.
Opting out of Adsense cookies
Google allows you to opt out of personalised ads but if you want to do this, please leave this site, alter your settings and return.
If you’re signed in to your Google account:
- Go to Ads Settings
- Click or tap the slider next to “Ads Personalisation”
- Click or tap TURN OFF
This opt-out will work across all of your signed-in devices when we recognise you as being signed-in.
- Go to Ads Settings
- Click or tap the slider next to “Ads Personalisation Across the Web”
- Click or tap TURN OFF
Opt out of Ads Personalisation on Google Search
- Go to Ads Settings
- Click or tap the slider next to “Ads Personalisation on Google Search”
- Click or tap TURN OFF
REMEMBER that continuing to use this website will result in cookies being set. If you do not want this to happen, do not accept this cookie notice – instead, EXIT, adjust your cookie preferences as above, and return.
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Youtube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Youtube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account.
Cookie name(s): SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
What’s stored: Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account.
When does it expire? Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.
Other Google features
Some of our web pages may use other Google features such as Google maps and Google Plus to allow you to promote our content, and to provide you with a better experience on our website. You can find out more about the type of cookies that Google sets here and by following the link below.
More information on Google’s use of your information
Some of our web pages use a Pinterest share button which may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out more about how Pinterest uses your data here.
Some of our web pages display advertisements from Ebay which may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out more about how Ebay uses your data here.
Some of our web pages use Facebook buttons for sharing and liking our content which may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out more about how Facebook uses your data here.
Some of our web pages use a Stumbleupon button allowing you to share our content through the Stumbleupon network. These pages may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out how Stumbleupon uses your data here.
Some of our web pages may contain advertisements from Amazon’s Partner Program which may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out more about how Amazon uses your data here.
Some of our web pages may use a share button to allow you to share our content on Twitter and these may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out more about how Twitter uses your data here.
Managing cookies in your browser settings
You can accept, manage and delete cookies via your browser. You can find out more on how to do this here:
|Accepting cookies||Managing and deleting cookies|
|Internet Explorer||Internet Explorer|
|Google Chrome||Google Chrome|
Other privacy information
Like many other Web sites, we make use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.
Aside from cookies and analytics data (which is not matched to any individual user), the only other personal data we collect through this website is any data submitted by you if you leave a comment or review. You can contact us at any time to ask us to remove this content from the website.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other sites outside the group. We are not responsible for the privacy and security of these sites unless they belong to us.
If you are unsure whether a website belongs to us or not, just email us or give us a call.
If you have any more questions about the way we handle data, please call or email us.